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Legal Services NYC
Richmond County, NY
Published 16 days ago

Staten Island Legal Services (SILS) (across the street from the ferry terminal) seeks a full-time Social Worker for the Immigration Unit.

Program Description

Staten Island Legal Services (SILS), part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), fights poverty and seeks racial, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. SILS provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Staten Island’s diverse low-income populations. SILS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, representing survivors of domestic violence, obtaining immigration status and preventing deportations, advocating for the LGBTQ community, preventing foreclosures, and advocating for students with educational needs.

In addition to being the largest provider of civil legal services in the country, LSNYC provides numerous opportunities for growth and professional development. Our Justice Learning Center provides opportunities to attend free trainings and gain experience as a trainer. LSNYC prides itself on its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) efforts. As a social justice organization, we are committed to fighting for a workplace that is as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as possible for everyone. Our DEIB committee and numerous affinity groups work to foster collegial relationships among staff and allow staff to explore and advocate for racial justice and anti-oppression growth within our organization and through our legal work. All employees are expected to learn about, seek to understand, and work to realize our DEIB goals.

Unit Description

The Immigration Unit is an interdisciplinary practice team in which attorneys and the Social Worker collaborate to help our immigrant clients in a range of immigration advocacy matters, including removal defense, affirmative and defensive asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (including family court representation), family-based petitions, applications under VAWA, U and T status, and more. The Social Worker will work closely with the attorneys to minimize the barriers clients may have in participating effectively in their legal cases and meeting their personal or legal goals. The Social Worker reports to the Director of Immigration and LGBTQ/HIV. In addition, the Social Worker will have clinical supervision as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


The Social Worker will provide a range of services including, but not limited to:

·      Providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and referrals for clients;

·      Helping clients identify and address medical, mental health, housing, education, and social service needs;

·      Advocating on behalf of clients to secure appropriate benefits or services from social and government agencies;

·      Conferring and consulting with attorneys and clients on issues of social work advocacy relevant to legal matters;

·      Accompanying vulnerable clients to appointments or other venues, including court;

·      Developing and maintaining relationships with community groups, organizations, and agencies;

·      Conducting outreach and trainings with immigrant communities;

·      Developing and maintaining referral resources for clients;

·      Reviewing and providing professional psychosocial assessments and evaluations for clients, to be submitted to federal immigration agencies (e.g., USCIS and EOIR), or other agencies;

·      Appearing in court and testifying on behalf of clients regarding psychosocial assessments;

·      Providing case management support to clients;

·      Opportunity to supervise social work students and volunteers; and

·      Preparing grant compliance reports and data entry, as necessary.


Experience and Qualifications

·      Master of Social Work degree required;

·      New York State (NYS) license (LMSW) required – if the candidate does not have a license at the time of hire, the candidate must take the qualifying exam as soon as feasible;

·      At least 3 years post-MSW experience preferred;

·      Experience assisting immigrant communities, low-income communities of color, and clients who are experiencing challenges related to trauma, poverty, disability, substance use, and other systemically marginalizing factors;

·      Experience providing short-term counseling and crisis intervention;

·      Experience providing client-centered advocacy;

·      Familiarity with New York City & State institutions and social service systems;

·      A demonstrated passion for social justice;

·      Strong clinical and advocacy skills;

·      Strong written and verbal communication skills;

·      Ability to work in an interdisciplinary practice; and

·      Spanish fluency is preferred but not required.

Salary determined by Collective Bargaining Agreement. Hybrid remote work policy and excellent benefits package. Clinical social work supervision provided.

To safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, LSNYC requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.

Interested individuals should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to

Please write “SILS social worker” in the subject line

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Please no telephone calls. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Additional information about the practice may be found on our website,

Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer.

People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people over the age of 40 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job#64_2022; Posted 7.2022

Staten Island Legal Services (SILS) (across the street from the ferry terminal) seeks a full-time Social Worker for the Immigration Unit.

Program Description

Staten Island Legal Services (SILS), part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), fights poverty…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Experience Level


36 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301, USA
Suite 205

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